Kildare Camogie Advanced Summer Camp 14th-16th August
26 girls took part in this year’s Advanced Camogie camp in Hawkfield Centre of Excellence. The girls took part in
Advanced Camogie training under the watchful eye of senior Kildare Camogie manager Tom O’ Mahony and Alan Bowden, PE student in DCU.
The girls were put through their paces over the 3 days and experienced first hand drills and games that Inter-county teams perform on a weekly basis. The weather didn’t dampen their spirits on Wednesday morning as they carried out strength and conditioning training indoors. The girls also got to lift the National League cup that Kildare won earlier in the year. Well done to all the girls that participated in the camp and to the coaches Tom and Alan on their brilliant coaching techniques.
A big thanks to Kildare GAA for the use of their excellent facilities in Hawkfield.
Carlow Camogie Camp
A 3 day Camogie Camp was run in Carlow with 50 girls participating. Many thanks to Mick Lillis, Carlow Development Officer for organising this successful camp.
Donegal Lifestyle Academy
A Camogie Lifestyle Academy took place recently in Donegal for girls aged 13-17. The Lifestyle Academy was delivered by Ulster GAA coaches Kevin Hinphey and Michael Glover and also Donegal Camogie Development officer Yvonne Byrne. The Academy consisted of 5 modules: Skill Developmentl Fitness Testing; Nutrition and Lifestyle; County player talk and match practise. 22 girls representing 5 clubs attended the academy. A huge thank you to Mick and Kevin for their assistance in rolling out this initiative.
Camogie Underage Development Model
With Phase 1 of the Camogie U15 Development Programme nearing completion 10 counties took part in an U15 blitz that took place in O Loughlin Gaels and Clara GAA grounds, Kilkenny. The 10 counties were Kildare, Kilkenny, Down, Limerick, Wexford, Tipperary, Clare, Dublin, Cork and Galway. All teams played a minimum of 3 games each and after the blitz was finished all teams attended the All Ireland semi-finals in Nowlan Park where got the opportunity to parade around the stadium. Congrats to all involved.
On Saturday 1st of September the first ever U14 Div 5 All Ireland championship blitz will take place in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. After their participation in Feile earlier in the year Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Longford have been busy all summer preparing for this competition. This promises to be a highly competitive tournament and one which we hope will become an annual event. The four squads will also get an opportunity to parade in Croke Park on All Ireland final day along with the other U14 squads who participate in the national U14 day blitz day on the 15th of September.
Teacher In Service
33 teachers took part in a teacher-in-service in GMIT in Galway this week. They participated in a week long learning of Gaelic games resources and practical coaching experience.
This course is one of the final teacher-in-service courses to be run over the summer as it is soon time to go back to school. It is hoped that the teachers will return to their schools with new ideas and enthusiasm after the course and continue to do the great work they do in promoting camogie and other Gaelic games in schools.
Mini Game Teams
At half time of the Cork v Galway All Ireland semi final last Saturday in Nowlan Park four U12 club teams participated in the mini games.The girls really enjoyed the day getting to play in Nowlan Park and getting pictures taken with the now famous Camogie Mascots plus meeting Marty Morrissey and also getting the opportunity to meet some of their county heroes. Thank you to Killimor, Co Galway, Ballincollig, Co Cork, Drumcullen, Co Offaly and Oulart the Ballagh, Co Wexford for their participation and enthusiasm.